February Elite Athletes of the Month
Elite Stone Supply, in conjunction with WBHF and Bartow Sports Zone, presents the ELITE ATHLETES OF THE MONTH. Each month, local high schools are provided opportunity to name an Elite Athlete of the Month from their varsity programs and present the information on their honoree through Bartow Sports Zone and on 100.3FM and AM1450, WBHF in Cartersville.
Elle Causby is the Adairsville High School Elite Athlete of the Month for February 2021. A freshman forward on the Lady Tigers’ soccer team, Elle is the daughter of Dusty Causby and Angie Newman. “Elle has made an immediate impact as a freshman,” said Adairsville girls soccer head coach Major David Sexauer. “She is a student-athlete with tremendous character and work ethic. We are looking forward to seeing how she continues to improve this year and throughout high school. She has the potential to be a special player.”
Causby is taking all Honors and Advanced Placement classes and has plans to go to medical school. “Elle is focused at practice and a team player of high character. She is seeing a lot of playing time as a freshman,” added Sexauer.
The Cass High School Elite Athlete of the Month for February is Noah Hoffmeier. Hoffmeier is a four-year letterman in wrestling and a three-year letterman for the Colonels football team as a nose-guard. The son of Travis and Amy Hoffmeier, Noah finished his 2020-21 wrestling season with a perfect 15-0 record with 15 pins. He won the 220-pound Class 5A state championship — a second state title in his wrestling career. He also won state as a sophomore. In addition to his two state titles, Hoffmeier completed his high school wrestling career as a two-time region champion, a state sectional champion, and a three-time state placer. With a 3.4 GPA, he is ranked in the top forty percent of his class. He plans to go work in the HVAC industry following graduation. “All his coaches know he will apply the same work ethic he has in his athletic career to his every day life,” said Cass A.D. Dr. Nicky Moore. “He will continue to be a successful member of his community.” “It has been an honor to coach a wonderful young man and he will be missed,” added Cass wrestling coach D.L. Koontz.
Anna Mann is the February 2021 Elite Athlete of the Month representing Cartersville High School. A member of the Hurricanes’ varsity competition cheerleading team and sideline football cheer team, Anna is the daughter of Art and Allison Mann. Mann, a junior, has been a member of the Canes’ 2018 state championship cheer team, 2019 state runner up, and back-to-back region championship teams the past two years.
“Anna is a dedicated member of our competition cheer team on and off the mat,” said Cartersville coach Breanna McDonald. “She gives 100% at every practice and competition. She encourages her teammates and keeps a positive attitude. She is always respectful to her coaches and her teammates.”
In addition to her work with the Cartersville teams, she is an all-star cheerleader for the Stingray program in Marietta. “If I get accepted to a D1 school, I will try out for their cheer team and hope for the best,” Mann stated. “If I go to a smaller school, I will probably retire my cheer shoes. Either way, I will be happy to move on to the next chapter in my life.”
Emma Faith Savage is the Woodland High School Elite Athlete of the Month. The daughter of Donald Savage and Carrie Evans, Emma is a senior on the Lady Cats tennis team and has played for all four years of high school. She has also been a member of the WHS Band for four years, leading them the past two years as their drum major. Savage is playing Line 2 singles this season for the Wildcats and partnered with Eryn Gentry the past two seasons at Line 1 doubles.
“Emma has really turned a corner this season with her tennis,” said Woodland head coach Beth Heath. “She is really showing her determination and competitiveness. That progress really revealed itself recently in her come-from-behind win against North Paulding. Emma has struggled with some minor health problems that have affected her tennis, but she has overcome those to improve dramatically.” Savage has maintained an academic ranking in the top 10% of her class through four years. She has been the Scholar Athlete of the Year for Woodland tennis the past two years and maintains a GPA above 99.
Savage plans to attend University of Georgia in the fall. She plans to continue to play her trumpet in the band, major in chemistry, and eventually attend dental school.
Editors Note: Photos and bios are supplied to Bartow Sports Zone and WBHF by the respective schools and their athletic departments. Elite Stone Supply Co., LLC is the monthly sponsor. Athletes receive a plaque along with recognition during a radio feature on WBHF.